The Serpent’s Deadly Tongue


Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said… “And the serpent said… The serpent beguiled me and I did eat” – (Gen.3:1,4,13).

“Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” – (Rom.3:13,14).

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” – (2 Cor.11:3).

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasted great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”- (James 3:5,6).


This is my third sermon in my series entitled ‘Light on the Serpent.’ My Lord has commanded me to shed light on Satan, that old Serpent – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” – “The entrance of thy words giveth light” – (Ps.119:105,130). I’m going to use my tongue to preach the light of God’s truth and expose the Serpent’s deadly tongue. With the devil as a serpent, God is showing us clearly Satan’s’ deadly, poisonous tongue. The devil is a liar and the great deceiver and like all serpents he speaks with a ‘forked tongue.’ He uses his tongue to feel out our weak spots and tempts us to commit sin. And when we sin, he sinks his fangs into us and the poison of death spreads through our body. And like Adam and Eve, it’s very, very deadly – “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). But God through his infinite mercy and grace gave his only beloved Son to shed His blood on the cross so we could be saved through Him. The serpent hung in the tree in Eden and Eve hung around the tree and ate and sinned and the Lord Jesus Christ hung on the tree so we could be saved from our sins. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” – (I Pet.2:24).


The serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty. He ‘spoke’ with deceitful cunning and guile and he did it with his deadly tongue – “And the serpent said.” Of all the poisonous serpents in the world, none is more poisonous and deadly than the devil. The Serpent deceived Eve and introduced the deadly venom of sin into the world. When Eve and Adam believed Satan’s lies and bit into the fruit, the Serpent, as it were, bit into them and they began to die physically, but they were dead spiritually in trespasses and sins immediately. Each one of us is a sinner and under the sentence of death – both the first death of the body and the second death in the lake of fire. O’ – don’t reject the grace of God in Jesus Christ. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” – (Rom.5:12). We have all like Adam and Eve, yielded to the Serpent’s temptation and sinned – “For we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” – (Rom.3:9,10,13,14). All have been bitten by the deadly serpent. You need to be saved from your sins by Jesus Christ. He is the only remedy for sin and death.


God’s Word condemns everyone as a liar and a deceiver. The poison of asps is under our lips just like Satan. It comes from the deadly poison of the Serpent and we lie as soon as we can speak – “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent” – (Ps.58:3,4). Again in (Ps.57:4) “And I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.” Our evil, deceitful tongues show us that we have mouths of poison and that we are set on fire of hell and destined for the lake of fire as Satan is. Man’s speech is like an open sepulchre – deadly and corrupt.


In (James 3) we could say that this chapter contains the largest sermon subject on earth – a subject which is in everyone’s mouth – the tongue. “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell. But the tongue can no man tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. – (Jam.3:5,6,8). No wonder that fire is portrayed as ‘tongues of fire’ – amen – forked tongues. We need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and speak with new tongues of truth – “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” – (I Pet.3:10). Yes – the Serpent’s deadly fiery tongue began the human population of lost sinners that will populate hell. “They have sharpened their tongues, like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah” – (Ps.140:3). No wonder Satan is called “The viper and fiery flying serpent” – (Is.30:6). His tongue of fire leads everyone that’s not saved by the Lord Jesus into a fiery hell. Beware of the Serpent’s deadly venom of sin.


Israel was tempted by Satan in the wilderness and many yielded and sinned, as God showed them the Serpent’s deadly hellish tongue by sending fiery serpents among them – “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people; and they bit the people: and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people and the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live” – (Num.21:6-8). What a beautiful picture we have of the Serpent and sin and salvation. Jesus said “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” – (Jn.3:14,15). The people of Israel sinned by speaking with their tongues against the Lord and they were killed by fiery serpents as God was pointing to the Serpent’s deadly poisonous tongue. Sin is the Serpent’s deadly bite that sends us all to hell. We are the children of the Serpent for Jesus said in (Jn.8:44) “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Our lying tongues show us as children of the fiery Serpent – Satan – who will take all the unsaved to hell with him. Our forked tongues show clearly that we are set on fire of hell.


The devil as the serpent shows us clearly the devil as the great deceiver with the golden, deadly tongue. And he deceives with his mouth as he attacks God’s Word of truth as he did with Eve and cause sin and death to all. He is especially deceitful when he preaches God’s Word in churches all over the world through his ordained ministers. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the Apostles of Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works – (2 Cor.11:13-15). The Serpent’s ministers have degrees from college and wear religious costumes with white dog collars and their deadly tongues send multiplied millions to hell. They speak heresies with deceitful cunning and guile and worldly wisdom. They tell you that as long you’re baptized with water and a member of their denomination that you’re saved. And many are deceived and follow their pernicious (deadly) ways. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” Beware of these ministers with deadly tongues like their father the Serpent as they attack God’s Word of truth.


When the Serpent’s deadly tongue caused Eve to sin and through her – Adam, we saw the start of the great fire of hell. Adam and Eve’s sin was the tiny flame that after 6000 years has now engulfed billions of people worldwide. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.” “It is set on fire of hell” – Amen. Look by faith to Jesus and be saved from hell and live forever – look and live. He will save, through the look of faith, those who are dying from sin. Look to Jesus lifted up on the cross.


There will come a day in God’s perfect timing that the Serpent will meet his doom in the lake of fire and his deceitful, lying tongue will be silenced forever and there will be no more sin – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented forever and ever” – (Rev.20:10). His great, deceiving, deadly tongue of fire will reside there with all those that rejected Christ in the Lake of Fire.


O’ be saved today. Repent of your sins. Turn from your wicked ways and turn by faith to Jesus Christ and be saved from your sins and from hell. There is salvation in no other – “Neither is there salvation is any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” – (Act 4:12). Then you can use your tongue to praise the Lord Jesus and not curse Him. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” – (Rom.10:9). God requires a believing heart and a confessing mouth for salvation. God will give you a new tongue that praises Him and take away your tongue of fire. Jesus Christ is the only remedy for the poison of sin. Believe the word of truth from the Lord Jesus who never told a lie. Don’t believe Satan’s lies. “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice” – (Jn.18:37). Your choice is between the Serpent’s deadly lies and Jesus Christ’s word of truth and life.


Beware of the Serpent’s deadly, deceitful tongue of fire.


Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla #76



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